Don’t you love a warm and fashionable sweater? In particular at this time of the year; with fall looming the near future this is the best time to start thinking about your favorite sweater, kept in a dark corner of your closet.
So let’s bring it into the light and allow the fresh air to flow through the fabric. Maybe you prefer to give it a good wash; either way, just make sure your sweater can be enjoyed this cold season. With that in mind, it is time to think fashion and find out how you can wear your sweater this season. That is simple, wear it with a dress shirt.
Dress shirts are perfect underneath a cosy sweater, and with these two you create pretty much any look you want. So let’s explore and go through some tips to make sure you get the matching just right this season.
1. Match Your Collars
Collared shirts come in several styles and heights. Make sure the height, width, and style of your collar match up with your sweater. For example, when wearing a v-neck sweater, choose a shirt with a stiff point collar, with this look you can add a tie with a small knot, the fourth-in-hand is a good option.
When wearing a sweater with a tight round collar choose a shirt with a small collar that can be comfortably tucked inside the sweater. And when dressed in a loose round collar sweater choose a shirt that is equally loose and you can either tuck the collar on or let it out; you might as well want to add a tie depending on how much space you have available.
There are also button up sweaters (known as cardigans) where the collar is deep and allow more visibility to your collared shirt. If this is the case, you have more flexibility. Pair it with a point collar and a tie; with a cutaway collar open at the top, or go for a club collar and a tie pin, the variations are almost endless.
2. Your Collared Shirt Has to Fit Properly
The sweater-over-a-collared shirt style requires your shirt to fit properly. A baggy dress shirt under a fitted sweater will create weird folds making it look saggy and frumpy. It will also wrinkle your shirt, not ideal if you need or want to take your sweater out at any point during the day. So just make sure your shirt is the perfect fit. It helps if you buy one of those shirts with anti-wrinkle fabric, just in case.
3. Check Your Formality Level
How formal or casual do you want to look? If you are heading to the office and want a more classy outfit, plain color sweaters will look formal under your suit.
For example, a black suit will work well with a white shirt and grey sweater; and when wearing a grey suit you can match a white shirt and a red-wine sweater and make sure you have enough space for a tie to finish the look.
If you want a casual style, you can play around with colors and patterns to create a cool attire. For example, you can wear a golf inspired sweater with a polo shirt and a pair of khakis; you could also wear jeans with a green and white striped shirt, a green sweater and complete the look with a dark jacket over it.
4. When Should You Tuck Your Shirt in and Leave It Out
It all depends on what style you are going for, if you want a formal business attire, the answer is short and sweet, tuck your shirt in. But if you want a casual-cool style go for a relaxed look, leave our shirt out and let it show under your sweater. You can also show off your cuffs and even fold then over your sweater.
5. Folding Shirt Sleeves Over Your Sweater
Looking to add some cool to your sweater and button up combo? Add a little extra interest to your outfit by rolling your sleeves. First, roll up the sweater sleeve, leaving the shirt sleeve unrolled. The roll should sit just below the elbow.
Second, unbutton the cuffs and fold the shirt sleeve two or three times covering the sweater. The trick here is to leave the shirt sleeve showing up to create a nice contrast in between the shirt and the sweater.
If your sweater is too thick you might want to avoid folding it, just pull its sleeves up instead and fold the shirt sleeve over (just as the above method); you will end up with the same style look, but not so bulky due to the amount of fabric around your arm.
6. Avoid Pattern on Pattern
If you are super comfortable mixing patterns, make sure your collared shirt and sweater aren’t both patterned; this is a simple tip that can improve your look considerably. So stick to what you know; for example; a white shirt will agree with virtually any sweater you have in your closet. And this is also a classic combination, so suitable for formal and casual occasions.
You can use a navy style sweater with red, blue and white stripes with a white shirt and a dark jacket; a grey, white, and black argyle sweater with a white shirt and a black suit; or you can wear a brown, white and green Icelandic style sweater with a white shirt and jeans. Just play around the combinations and you will find something you like.
7. Leave Room for a Coat
If you are planning to pile your clothes for winter, you’ll want to ensure there is room in your coat for all of those layers. Make sure to wear your collared shirt and sweater when buying a winter coat to ensure it will fit even when your clothes are at their bulkiest.
Alternatively, if you are not planning on purchasing a coat this year, choose your fabrics wisely. Pick sweaters with thinner fabrics so you can wear a couple of layers beneath your jacket and still move your arms.
8. Ensure Every Layer Is Clean and Sharp
One of the downsides of wearing many layers is that sometimes we don’t think too much about the state of the clothes we are wearing under a sweater, since it is going to be covered. While this is a fair point, we never know what is going to happen throughout the day. You might have (or want) to take your sweater off, so making sure you have a clean and ironed dress shirt underneath is always a good idea.
9. Go Easy on the Details
Does your favorite sweater have buttons, or details around its collar? That is not a problem, just wear it with a plain shirt to avoid crowding your neckline.
With that in mind, pass on dress shirts where the buttons have eye-catching details such as having a different color from the actual shirt; having a non-conventional shape; or having shining features. In this case, put on a plain sweater instead and you are safe.
10. Spice Your Look With a Bit of Color
Color is not your enemy; so stop wearing the same dull black, white and brown outfits and bright your closet a bit. Here are some combinations you can try. A navy blue suit with a grey sweater, a light blue shirt and a matching tie is a very charming and formal outfit. A light grey suit with a dark blue sweater, light grey shirt and a dark blue tie is also a great option for an office environment.
For a more casual style try some dark jeans with a white or light blue dress shirt and a red-wine sweater with a tweed jacket; or put on some light khakis with a white shirt, a green sweater and a dark double-breasted jacket to complete the look. In both cases, you can also add a scarf according to the weather.
Sweaters and Collared Shirts Are Fun and You Should Definitely Try Them Out
Sweaters and collared shirts are a great combo, and wherever is the occasion formal or casual you can certainly pull off a charming outfit by mixing and matching these two essentials from male fashion. Matching your favorite collared shirt with a fabulous sweater can skyrocket your style to new heights.